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My Metformin experiment

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I saw my new doctor last Friday, the 16th and he mentioned lowering my metforman as my previous Dr had also mentioned. Right now I take a 500 tab 2 times a day and my fasting numbers are usually from 85-95. My last A1c had been 5.2 but hat was last summer.

Anyway, with these 2 doctors telling me that lowering my dosage may be a possibility, I decided to see how I would with no metformin at all. Well I've had a few spikes these last five days but getting up to a 111 fasting blood sugar this morning cinched it as I haven't had a reading like that in over a year.

So, for now at least, that ends my experiment. I did have some non fasting blood work done after my appointment so we'll see where I stand as there has been a lot of stress since September of last year when I went through an emergency move but I've tried so hard to keep this nast disease under control. I admit, I'm more than curious at my test result.

As for my opinion on lowering my dosage, I admit I'm very sceptical in the 1st place as I've been monitoring my blood sugar trends for a long time. Personally, I don't like the idea. When I'm sick or my fibro flares my sugar can go way up.

We'll see what happens but my new Dr seems concerned about lows which I thought you couldn't really get with metformin and I can't say I've experienced any.

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  • DOCHAS79
    I also am on Metformin I let my diet go and gain up to 211 and dr only has me on one 500 mg a day and it was not helping so was told I would have to add insulin in three months if AC1 didnt go down. I've been trying for two months now with diet and exercise to get it down lost 11 pds so far but numbers are slowly going down. I always thought if I lost the weight and exercised I wouldnt have to take medicine any more. I understand the part about from now on I will have to keep my weight low and always exercise. But had hoped to do away with the pills in future. Didnt realize might have to keep taking for always. Hope it works out for you.
    2162 days ago
    Thank you everyone for your kind comments. I love how we share info here as looking for info on the net can be tough. I'm never sure of which research to believe as so many diagree.

    Thanks again for your input. I really appreciate your support!
    emoticon Ruby
    2162 days ago
    Go with how your body feels!
    2162 days ago
    Hi! Great job on staying on top of readings, and on taking control of your health. Kieep it up.

    I can tell you that when I was first diagnosed 11 years ago, I was started on Metformin, a fairly low dose. I weighed 222 pounds at the time. So, I got my diet under control, exercised like a demon, lost 70 pounds. My glucose numbers kept coming down. We kept moving me to smaller and smaller doses. Eventually, I started getting low blood sugar episodes every time I took Metformin, so my doctor took me off of it. Everything normalized for about seven years, as long as I kept diligent with diet and exercise.

    My family and I moved to another state, I lost my exercise partners, and the diet began to slip. I regained some of the weight, and my numbers went right back up. I got so bad, that first I went on Metformin, then up to Janumet (Januvia and Metformin combo), which I'm still taking.

    So, long story short, yes, you can get lows. Keep exercising, and keep checking! - Claudia
    2162 days ago
    This is such good information Ruby for those of use who take Metformin in the same dosage as you. I can't believe you've been to 16 Dr.s. That is outrageous. In my area there is only one Diabetic specialist-can you believe it? You can't even get into see him unless you are severe. I've heard it takes over a year to get an appointment! I have to rely on my family Dr. who I adore and trust. Let's hope I can keep things under control enough so I never have to go to that other Dr.

    You are doing great and you should go with your gut regarding your meds! I know you also are dealing with Fibro which can't be easy. I wish you the best.
    2162 days ago
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